The Moon

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The Moon

The Moon!!!

Moon info:LOCATION: Earth orbitDISTANCE FROM EARTH: 225,741 to 251,967 miles (363,295 to 405,503 kilometers)AVERAGE SURFACE TEMPERATURE: -67° F (-55° C) LENGTH OF SPACE JOURNEY FROM EARTH TO THE MOON: 2 days GRAVITY: If you weigh 100 lbs. (45 kilograms) on Earth, you’d weigh 16.6 lbs. (7.5 kilograms) here

Fun Facts!• The moon orbits the Earth in such a way that it always shows the same side to us earthlings. We didn’t get our first glimpse of the far side—often mistakenly called the “dark side”—until a probe photographed it in 1959. • Although various people have declared the moon as their property—and American astronauts have planted six flags on its surface—no single person or nation can claim ownership of the moon according to international law. • The moon’s pull is slowly slowing the Earth’s rotation, but it will take millions of years for us to notice.

Crazy Things• The moon orbits the Earth in such a way that it always shows the same side to us earthlings. We didn’t get our first glimpse of the far side—often mistakenly called the “dark side”—until a probe photographed it in 1959. • Although various people have declared the moon as their property—and American astronauts have planted six flags on its surface—no single person or nation can claim ownership of the moon according to international law. • The moon’s pull is slowly slowing the Earth’s rotation, but it will take millions of years for us to notice.

Our satellite is literally a chip off the old block, formed around 4.5 billion years ago when a roving body the size of Mars collided with the infant Earth and knocked a cloud of debris into orbit. That debris coalesced into the moon. But while an atmosphere protected Earth from all but the largest meteor impacts, the moon’s airless surface came under constant assault over billions of years. The powdery lunar dust is pocked by craters and dented by dark basins people once thought were seas (they’re dry, although the moon may contain ice in it deepest crevices). Our satellite is also the only heavenly body visited by human beings, whose footsteps are easy enough to follow when you touch down in your spaceship. They remain unchanged on the charcoal-gray surface.

•When Neil Armstrong took that first historical step and said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" it would not have occurred to anyone that the step he took in the dust of the moon was there to stay. It will be there for millions of years because there is no wind on the moon. That is, assuming the downdraft from the Command Module upon takeoff back into space didn't destroy the print. Buzz Aldrin reportedly saw the American flag, much further away, blow over during launch. Nevertheless, any footprints made by the famous astronauts undisturbed by takeoff are, in fact, there to stay.

•We all know there was a man on the moon, but did you know that there is one who stayed there? Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, a Geological Surveyor, who educated the Apollo mission astronauts about craters, never made it into space himself, but it had always been one of his dreams. He was rejected as an astronaut because of medical problems. After he died, his ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft on January 6, 1999, which was crashed into a crater on the moon on July 31, 1999. The mission was to discover if there was water on the moon at the time, but it also served to fulfill Dr Shoemaker's last wish.

Thank you so much for taking your time to learn interesting facts about the moon :-)


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